I am the keeper of a fever
that shimmers inside of me.
~ from ‘City of Dots’, Winning Primary Poem
Mim, Year 4, Bundanoon Public School, NSW
Cartwheeling into its eighth year, Red Room Poetry Object is Australasia’s largest free poetry writing competition for students and teachers (Years 3-10). Poetry Object ignites imaginations by inviting young writers to create, publish and submit poems inspired by special objects. Join hundreds of schools for the journey with free learning resources and over $10,000 in prizes to be won.
Registrations and submissions for Poetry Object close 5.00pm 28 September 2018 (AEST).
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Poetry Object 2018 Learning Resources
For Poetry Object 2018 we’ve teamed up with the National Museum of Australia, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Art Gallery of NSW and six talented poets from across Australia and New Zealand to develop a dynamic new learning resource with creative and curriculum-aligned activities.
Red Room Poetry commissioned six poets to create new poems about their treasured talismans.
We’re delivering Poetry Object learning opportunities in 2018 in a range of locations. The workshops, facilitated by professional poets, encourage students and teachers to engage with poetry in creative environments. We encourage you to participate!
More information and workshop dates.
Prizes & Judging
Certificates of achievement are awarded to all participants, with prizes awarded for Winning Student Poem (Primary), Winning Student Poem (Secondary), Winning Teacher Poem, and Winning School Installation. Prizes include flights, travel vouchers and poetry packs, valued at over $10,000.
Poetry Object 2018 will be judged by Victorian Premier’s Literary Award winner Bella Li.
Poetry Object 2018 will culminate in a digital exhibition over the 2018-2019 school holidays.
Poems to Share II
A new resource featuring 40 poetic activity cards to spark imagination and creative writing. Inspired by original poems from Poetry Object, this interactive resource is designed to enliven poetic learning through language, literature and literacy. Created in partnership with the Australian Association for the Teaching of English.
Partners and Supporters
Red Room Poetic Learning is proudly supported by the Graeme Wood Foundation, Geoff Ainsworth AM and Johanna Featherstone, Copyright Agency, and generous individuals.
Visit our online store to purchase publications and materials from this project. The Red Room Company is a not-for-profit organisation. All funds raised support the ongoing work of The Red Room Company.